“Thankful for…” activity {a new Thanksgiving Tradition}

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it usually means time with my favorite family members, it is usually cool enough to at least wear a sweater, and it is usually spent with a large group of my favorite family members and and friends.  When I first met my husband, Thanksgiving was his family’s big holiday where all of his uncles and aunts and cousins and their kids came to celebrate.  We have hosted the large group many times even before we were engaged and I love it!  They are a completely welcoming group and it has evolved over the past 10 years to include my family too.  The host does the turkey and every family brings a side or a dessert, which is perfect because everyone has their specialty…we get the best of the best.  But even with the sometimes 40 plus people, I never forget to sit back and take a moment to think about what I am thankful for.   So earlier this fall I made a fall bucket list and on it was to create a way to share what we are thankful for this Thanksgiving and have it be something that we can keep from year to year to reflect.  My family has been known to have a drink or three, so what more functional way to document what we are thankful for than on drink coasters!

"thankful for..." coasters

These were mega simple to do.  How cool will it be 5 years from now to grab a drink and a coaster and reflect on what you and your family was thankful for 5 years ago.  And then add a new one!  I imagine that after a few years they will be filled with quotes all over and on both sides.

Here is the simple how-to…

"thankful for..." coaster

First, I bought some cork coasters and some sharpies.  (After some trial and error, I found that silver and black sharpies work best on cork.)



Then I started doodling some fun little designs in silver.  It is best to use a light color here because it won’t take away from the writing that people do on the coaster.  I did these freehand, but you could use a stencil.

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At your Thanksgiving dinner you will want to have a few fine tip sharpies on hand for people to write what they are thankful for.  Be sure to tell them to include their name and the year.  It is also best to do your quote toward the top or bottom so there will be room to add more in years to come.

thankful for activity

I can’t wait to share this with my family this year.  Ya know…it’s funny… I know the hubs loves and appreciates me, but seeing it written down is pretty cool!  Do you and your family document what you are thankful for in some way at your Thanksgiving celebration?  Share in the comments…I’d love to hear your ideas!

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About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

5 thoughts on ““Thankful for…” activity {a new Thanksgiving Tradition}

  1. That’s so sweet that you guys get to celebrate Thanksgiving with both sides of the family! I love this project so much I’m pinning it! Thanks a bunch for sharing this at Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!

    1. Thanks Carrie. It is fun to not have to decide between families, but it makes for one big crazy bunch! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. What a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party! Have a great day!
    House on the Way

  3. What a wonderful idea Corey!! Coasters you’ll be able to treasure forever!

    1. Thanks Christine. I’m hoping we can keep the tradition up because it would be so much fun to read them over the years. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. […] 5. Start a new Thanksgiving tradition:  This year I want to come up with a way that we can document what we are thankful for at our Thanksgiving Dinner.  We usually have a big group and I look forward to seeing everyone. I think it would be fun to have a tradition of writing down what we are thankful for and displaying it, and then pulling it out each year to reflect. (Accomplished this! Check out what I came up with here.) […]

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